Charisma Carpenter, who is best known for her role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, is speaking out about the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, for the first time, alleging he “abused his power on numerous occasions.” Her comments are a direct response to Justice League star Ray Fisher, who has been very vocal about his alleged treatment by Whedon on that movie’s set, and the investigation that followed.
The allegations came in the form of two from the actress, who played Cordelia Chase on both shows. In the tweets, Carpenter reveals she took part in WarnerMedia’s investigation into Whedon’s behavior. “I participated in WarnerMedia’s Justice League investigation because I believe Ray to be a person of integrity who is telling his truth,” she tweeted. “His firing as Cyborg in The Flash was the last straw for me. Although I am not shocked, I am deeply pained by it.”
As for her own treatment by Whedon, Carpenter said the experience still impacts her. “For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day,” she wrote. “Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. While he found his misconduct amusing, it only serves to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at times, destructively.”